True Romance

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From humble beginnings, this fast, freaky and extremely funny road movie scripted by Quentin Tarantino has become a modern classic

In 1993, Quentin Tarantino was cinema’s boy wonder. ‘Reservoir Dogs’ had smashed indie box-office records, ‘Pulp Fiction’ was in production and his early scripts were being snapped up by the studios – including a matching pair of ‘Badlands’-inspired lovers-on-the-run thrillers. Oliver Stone’s ‘Natural Born Killers’ was a sure thing: an Oscar-winning director, an ultra-hip cast, a script that smartly satirised reality TV and media madness. ‘True Romance’, on the other hand, looked like a dog: director Tony Scott had barely recovered from the debacle of ‘Days of Thunder’, Christian Slater was on the slide after a string of flops and leading lady Patricia Arquette was far less famous than her big sister Rosanna.

But hindsight is a beautiful thing. ‘Natural Born Killers’ is unwatchable now, a garish, tasteless, brick-in-the-face satire. Whereas ‘True Romance’ is nothing less than a modern classic: a rocket-fuel romance that rattles from Detroit to Hollywood as Slater’s comic-book geek and Arquette’s hooker with a heart steal a case of cocaine and hit the road. The script is close to flawless: from the big speeches (‘Hundreds of years ago, the Moors conquered Sicily…’) to a string of genius one-liners (‘You… you want me to suck his dick?’). It’s so funny you can forgive Tarantino’s sleazy strain of nerd-boy wish-fulfilment.

But it’s Scott’s direction that sets the whole thing on fire, lunging from heart-meltingly sweet to unbearably violent without breaking stride. And ‘True Romance’ contains more crunchy punch-ups, genius casting choices (let’s not forget stoner Brad Pitt) and moments of real, honest emotion than Tarantino’s entire post-‘Pulp’ output put together. Giddy and glorious.

Release details

Release date: Friday November 20 2015
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Scott
Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Patricia Arquette
Christopher Walken
Brad Pitt
Gary Oldman
Val Kilmer
Dennis Hopper
Christian Slater
Samuel L Jackson

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Karayn C

Ok, I will admit that I have only just seen this film. but in this case, truly, better late than never. It quickly made its way in to my top 3 films (of all time) and not just because it ends with the perfect line from Patricia "you're so cool". 

A non-sickening romance, a brilliant soundtrack, the mix of comedy and well, let's face it, a lot of guns and drugs makes it a pretty great 2 cinematic hours. The fresh face of Brad Pitt and many of our now more well-known actors are the only give away that it was made over 10 years ago.

YOU'RE so cool True Romance.

Nina

My all time favourite film! Action packed, excellent story line fab acting I don't often watch a film more than once, but this is an exception!

Nina

My all time favourite film! Action packed, excellent story line fab acting I don't often watch a film more than once, but this is an exception!

Tzotzo

I thought this film was really good. It does get quite violent but without going over the top. Arquette is great as Lolita-esque Alabama and Oldman is hilarious.

Tzotzo

I thought this film was really good. It does get quite violent but without going over the top. Arquette is great as Lolita-esque Alabama and Oldman is hilarious.